ALMA Workers Rescue Abandoned Vicuña Fawn

High on the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes lies the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an observatory surrounded by large expanses of dry landscape. Perhaps surprisingly, the region is home to a number of different wildlife species, many of which occasionally pop up near to the observatory. Further south, ESO’s La Silla Observatory recently had visits from a South American grey fox (potw1406a), and wild horses (potw1344a).

The most recent cute visitor to ALMA is this vicuña fawn, found on 16 February 2014 by ALMA workers. The fawn was only a few weeks old, weakened after it was chased by foxes until it lost sight of its herd.

After a couple of unsuccessful attempts the following day to return the fawn to its herd, the workers transferred it to the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at the Universidad de Antofagasta, where it is being treated so that it can eventually be released on the Andean plateau approximately one year from now.

Credit:

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/René Durán

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Release date:3 March 2014, 11:00
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